Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has led a delegation of the National Executive Council’s sub-committee on a fact-finding visit to Nasarawa State.
The visit followed the directive of a 10-man working group set up by the Council and headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to look into the crisis which has led to the deaths of dozens since the beginning of the year.
The sub-committee, which comprises of five governors, was directed to hold consultations with stakeholders and interested parties in the affected states on how to end the conflicts.
Following their arrival on Monday, Governor Dave met with the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura, and later chaired a stakeholders’ consultative meeting with representatives of Fulani’s and TIV’s at the Government House in Lafia.
The Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has presented an estimated sum of N208bn for 2018 Budget to the Ebonyi State House of Assembly.
Governor Umahi told the lawmakers that the budget is titled ‘Budget of divine manifestation’ and has a proposed capital expenditure of N165bn, representing 69.4 percent of the budget proposal.
The sum of N43bn, representing 31 percent of the total budget was proposed as recurrent expenditure.
According to the Governor, the 2018 budget is expected to perform better than that of 2017. He reiterated his administration’s resolve to further and aggressively develop all sectors of the state.
Governor Umahi, who said that the 2017 budget was affected by economic and security challenges, explained that with the country’s exit from recession, the 2018 budget is expected to address the challenges faced.
The Nigerian Prisons service has confirmed that six inmates were killed and 10 wounded during Thursday’s attempted jail break by inmates at the Abakaliki Prisons in Ebonyi State.
The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, gave the figure in Abakaliki the Ebonyi State’s capital when he visited the prisons on an on the spot assessment of the unfortunate incident.
The Comptroller General, who also visited the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, at the Government House said he had set up a three-man committee to investigate the true cause of the incident.
He said that the investigation would enable the government know the proper steps to take to prevent further occurrence.
After a one-hour closed-door meeting with the Governor, the duo came out to address reporters.
The Comptroller General confirmed the number of inmates that died during the unfortunate incidence while disclosing that he has set up a three-man committee to look into the actual cause of the incidence.
He further urged the criminal justice system of Nigeria to look into prison decongestion, as many of the inmates had been awaiting trial for a long time.
This situation, according to him, has increased the number of inmates that were originally designed for accommodation in the prisons.
In his response, the Ebonyi State Governor, who had earlier visited the Abakaliki Prisons, commended the leadership of the Nigerian Prisons for their quick response and expressed displeasure over the infrastructural state of the Abakaliki Prisons which made him declare a state of emergency on the prisons.
He said even though the state government would help solve some of its infrastructure challenges, the Federal Government would need to move in immediately and address the challenges of infrastructure and welfare in the Abakaliki Prisons for both inmates and prisons’ officials.
Meanwhile, the Ebonyi State Police Command has asked all citizens of the state to remain calm and law abiding and go about their normal duties, as all measures were in place to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order in the state.
In the meantime, security has been beefed up in the prisons and its environs and one of the major doors damaged by the inmates has being repaired.
The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has described the leadership style of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, in rebuilding the nation’s economy as serious and focused.
Governor Umahi pointed out that President Buhari had so far taken remarkable steps to revamp the nation’s economic development, with attention given to the energy sector.
The Ebonyi State Governor made the acclamation in a meeting with a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday at his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State’s capital in south-west Nigeria. The visit was his first to the former President since he assumed office.
He also acknowledged the former President’s leadership role in the nation’s socio-economic and political development and in Africa.
However, Governor Umahi condemned the proposed idea of harbouring Boko Haram suspects in some prisons in Nigeria’s South-eastern region by the Federal Government.
He asserted that strategies had been put in place to develop conducive business environment for investors and agricultural sector in Ebonyi State.
The Governor further assured the people of Ebonyi State of better days ahead, emphasising that his administration had begun audit of the state workforce to ensure sanity in the system.
The INEC Collation Officer in Ebonyi State has declared Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate, Dave Umahi, as the winner of the governorship election in the state.
At the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abakaliki, the state capital, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku presented the summary of the votes received by the contestants.
Umahi polled a total of 289, 867 votes to emerge winner, defeating his closest rival, the Labour Party candidate, Edward Nkwegu, who polled a total of 124, 817 votes.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Juluis Ucha got a total of 27, 583 votes while the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Senator Agbo Anthony got 17,971 votes.
Prof. Ahaneku then stated that PDP governorship candidate, after polling the highest number of votes, met all the constitutional requirements for him to be returned elected.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party, APC and APGA have petitioned the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega and called for the cancellation of the Ebonyi governorship election.
The opposition parties cited widespread irregularities, killings, and wanton destruction of property during the April 11, 2015 governorship and House of Assembly elections in Ebonyi State, as reasons for their demand.
The election was keenly contested by nine political parties in the 13 council areas of the state.
The Ebonyi State Governor, Mr Martin Elechi’s camp is alleging victimization as the gloom is closing in on the incumbent who is under threat of loosing his job.
A motion to notify him of an impeachment sailed through the State House of Assembly, paving way for the beginning of a journey that may see the Governor removed.
Speaking on Sunrise Daily on Channels Television, the Chief Press Secretary to the Ebonyi Governor, Onyekachi Eni, however, noted that the Governor had not been served an impeachment notice by the House.
He said that all he had was information from the news media “that 15 members out of 24 members of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, passed a resolution seeking to impeach the Governor”.
According to Eni, allegations levelled against the Governor included “not consulting them during the appointment of the Development Centre Coordinators, the appointment of Caretaker Committee Chairmen of Local Government Areas in Ebonyi State and some other matters which they said had to do with obtaining development loans from the banks without seeking their inputs.”
He said that the Governor’s team hoped that the information was untrue because the said number of lawmakers did not meet the required number to initiate such a process.
“The whole thing is a cocktail of politically motivated victimization against the Governor of Ebonyi State and the people of Ebonyi State,” he said, adding that this was a culmination of the crisis which had been brewing since the last quarter of 2014 following the PDP primaries in the state.
He said that the Governor, in liaison with major stakeholders, made preference from two senatorial zones in the state – Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone and Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone – leading to the endorsement of former Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, to succeed the Governor.
Eni explained that this decision was challenged by the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, “in concert with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim” and a number of Abuja based politicians.
“Indeed, it is the playing out of a masquerade in which the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Dave Umahi, is the mask and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is the masquerade, in an effort that is made to get Governor Elechi out of office at all cost,” Eni said.
Nine of the lawmakers have, however, vowed to defend the Governor, claiming that the allegations against him were unsubstantiated.
It was reported that 15 lawmakers have fled the state for fear of being eliminated.